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New Siri commands smarter, but not smart enough

Evan Schuman | Sept. 7, 2016
Promise of easier ways to catch a ride falls short

It’s quite possible that business interests are blocking this — for example, Uber or Lyft might have demanded a system where they would be less likely to lose business to each other. By forcing consumers to identify the service as query limiter, it sharply reduces poaching. But that’s in the interests of the ride services, not consumers. 

At this point, it is unclear whether the taxi option — only referenced here for Europe, though there are certainly U.S. taxi-hailing services such as Hailo, Curb and Juno — includes payment integration. The best part about Uber is the ability to get in and out of the vehicle with no payment effort. If coordinated by Siri, could hailed taxis be similarly convenient? If the cab accepts ApplePay — which an increasing number do — why not complete the payment prior to getting in the cab? 

Come on, Siri. Let me say, “Get me to LaGuardia Airport” and then you do the work to let me make the best choice.

 

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